Cathy Smith (Deputy Director)

resume photoCathy Smith, BA (hons), MA, PhD, has worked as a simulationist in health professional education for over 25 years. She consults with various educational and assessment organizations locally, nationally and internationally.  She works with learners in undergraduate, graduate, continuing education and faculty development contexts. She has developed curriculum for diverse formats, ranging from face-to-face to web-based platforms.  Recognition for her work includes: the Ruedy Award (Canadian Association of Faculties of Medicine) for innovation in medical education; the Blizzard Award (Canadian Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education) for outstanding teaching; the Association of Standardized Patient Educators (ASPE) Outstanding Educator Award; and the SIMone Simulation Citizen of the Year Award. A long time ASPE member, she is the past Conference Chair and the incoming Chair of the international Committee. She serves on the editorial board of Advances in Simulation.   Recent peer reviewed articles include the ASPE Standards of Best Practice for human role players in simulation. She has also contributed chapters for books related to SP methodology. Cathy has a particular interest the role of simulated participants and the notion of performance in simulation.

Roles in simulation:

  • Simulation and Interprofessional Educational Consultant, Baycrest, Toronto
  • National SP Training Consultant, Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada
  • Lead Faculty, Simulation Canada
  • Incoming Chair, International Committee, ASPE
  • Past Chair, Conference Committee, ASPE
  • Committee Member, Standards of Practice Committee, ASPE
  • Member of Editorial Board, Advances in Simulation